I am not “techy” when it comes to Twitter, I also never really understood what twitter was about or the hype for it. I have other social media’s, I use Facebook and Instagram often, but for personal use or sharing my love of something! Twitter, I have found is a resource and community building tool! I do believe that I will continue using it to learn from others and build resources to benefit me as an educator.
I am slowly finding people and resources to follow, learning to re-tweet, sharing what I have found and enjoying posts from peers! I think one way I could include twitter in my classroom is sharing people like Garrick Schmidt and his land based education approach in my classroom to show my students the way he teaches and what he is doing for his school and community. I also think I could use twitter as a resource for parent/teacher communication or questions. I could tweet out the students assignments instead of handing out notes and the parents could receive them and be able to ask questions back instead of waiting to write a note to me the next day. I think it would be beneficial to share resources for parents and students to read about educational resources and strategies!
Here are some great examples of how to use twitter in your classroom!
Saskedchat was a very neat and stressful experience for the first time. I enjoyed it, but felt a little overwhelmed! I know, the next time I join a Saskedchat I will be less nervous and be able to go with the flow of engaging and responding to the questions. This type of professional development experience was different. When I think professional development, I think of conferences and presenters. I like that this type of professional development can be done anywhere and that it was free to attend. I also liked that I could engage how I wanted. I could either engage with others and their thoughts or I could include my own thoughts as well.
I will definitely be attending more saskedchats in the future! It was nice seeing some familiar names and learning from new teachers and experienced teachers. A wide range of knowledge and sharing their wealth of knowledge of tried and true tricks and resources that have worked for them in their classrooms.